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The End of Forgetting — Kate Eichhorn | Harvard University Press
"Thanks to Facebook and Instagram, our childhoods have been captured and preserved online, never to go away. But what happens when we can’t leave our most embarrassing moments behind? Until recently, the awkward moments of growing up could be forgotten. But today we may be on the verge of losing the ability to leave our pasts behind. In The End of Forgetting, Kate Eichhorn explores what happens when images of our younger selves persist, often remaining just a click away. For today’s teenagers, many of whom spend hours each day posting on social media platforms, efforts to move beyond moments they regret face new and seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Unlike a high school yearbook or a shoebox full of old photos, the information that accumulates on social media is here to stay. What was once fleeting is now documented and tagged, always ready to surface and interrupt our future lives. Moreover, new innovations such as automated facial recognition also mean that the reappearance of our past is increasingly out of our control. Historically, growing up has been about moving on—achieving a safe distance from painful events that typically mark childhood and adolescence. But what happens when one remains tethered to the past? From the earliest days of the internet, critics have been concerned that it would endanger the innocence of childhood. The greater danger, Eichhorn warns, may ultimately be what happens when young adults find they are unable to distance themselves from their pasts. Rather than a childhood cut short by a premature loss of innocence, the real crisis of the digital age may be the specter of a childhood that can never be forgotten."
book  publisher  forgetting  memory  social-media 
may 2019 by tsuomela
The Persistence of Whitewashing | The New Republic
"DENMARK VESEY’S GARDEN: SLAVERY AND MEMORY IN THE CRADLE OF THE CONFEDERACY by Ethan J. Kytle and Blain RobertsThe New Press, 464 pp., $28.99"
book  review  american-studies  america  history  race  slavery  memory 
may 2018 by tsuomela
Blockchains Never Forget
A very interesting piece by Venkatesh Rao that provides the best reason I've seen so far for widespread adoption of blockchain technologies.
blockchain  history  technology-effects  forgetting  forgiveness  memory  institutions  organizations 
may 2017 by tsuomela
Strange Horizons - Freshly Remember'd: Kirk Drift By Erin Horáková
An interesting essay on the ways that popular culture misremembers Star Trek to make Kirk a reckless womanizer.
television  title(StarTrek)  memory  culture  gender  reader  reception  popular  feminism  criticism 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Obama Deserves Credit for Visiting Hiroshima
"That is why Obama, who deserves credit for the nuclear deal with Iran, is taking the right step in visiting Hiroshima. No responsibility is greater for the president and other world leaders than assuring that no other nation will ever suffer the fate of Japan in 1945. That never again will mankind unleash death, the destroyer of worlds.   "
nuclear  war  history  memory  fear  american-studies  people(BarackObama) 
may 2016 by tsuomela
"But what if you could establish the neural pathways that lead to virtuosity more quickly? That is the promise of transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS — the passage of very low-level electrical current through targeted areas of the brain. Several studies conducted in medical and military settings indicate tDCS may bring improvements in cognitive function, motor skills and mood. "
cognition  memory  skill  expertise  learning  neurology  enhancement 
march 2014 by tsuomela
"He felt, as I begin to feel, not a shrinking but an enlargement of mental life and perspective. One has had a long experience of life, not only one’s own life, but others’, too. One has seen triumphs and tragedies, booms and busts, revolutions and wars, great achievements and deep ambiguities, too. One has seen grand theories rise, only to be toppled by stubborn facts. One is more conscious of transience and, perhaps, of beauty. At 80, one can take a long view and have a vivid, lived sense of history not possible at an earlier age."
age  experience  memory 
july 2013 by tsuomela
150 Years of Misunderstanding the Civil War - Tony Horwitz - The Atlantic
"This and other scenes of unromantic slaughter aren't likely to get much notice during the Gettysburg sesquicentennial, the high water mark of Civil War remembrance. Instead, we'll hear a lot about Joshua Chamberlain's heroism and Lincoln's hallowing of the Union dead. It's hard to argue with the Gettysburg Address. But in recent years, historians have rubbed much of the luster from the Civil War and questioned its sanctification. Should we consecrate a war that killed and maimed over a million Americans? Or should we question, as many have in recent conflicts, whether this was really a war of necessity that justified its appalling costs?"
american  american-studies  civil-war  history  19c  memory  war  violence 
june 2013 by tsuomela
The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By :: The Redemptive Self
"The Redemptive Self: Stories American Live By brings together cutting-edge research in psychology and cognitive science with bold interpretations of literature, history, politics, and popular culture to produce a profound meditation on what it means to be an American, and what it means to live a good life in America. "
book  psychology  memory  self-concept  future  past  history  self  nation  american-studies  america 
january 2013 by tsuomela
You Won’t Stay the Same, Study Finds -
"When we remember our past selves, they seem quite different. We know how much our personalities and tastes have changed over the years. But when we look ahead, somehow we expect ourselves to stay the same, a team of psychologists said Thursday, describing research they conducted of people’s self-perceptions."
psychology  memory  self-concept  future  past  history  self 
january 2013 by tsuomela
" is a partnership of two native North Dakotans, Troy Larson and Terry ‘Rat’ Hinnenkamp.  This website is an endeavour to photographically document the remains of North Dakota’s pioneer towns before they vanish to the ages. This project has nothing to do with ghosts or the supernatural."
archive  history  state(NorthDakota)  nostalgia  memory 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Tales of the Burning World | Easily Distracted
What I think is sometimes misunderstood is that the technical and organizational problem of digital preservation isn’t an automatic result of a vast “information explosion”, it’s a result of the hubristic drive to collect everything, to totalize the archive, the collection, to preemptively and continuously ossify the present for the sake of some future’s ability to know history.
history  preservation  archives  identity  memory  construction  ephemera 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Pang's Zombie Apocalypse Memorization Test - Contemplative Computing
"One of the questions I've been working through in my book is this: how do you decide when it's okay to outsource a cognitive function? When is it okay to let your electronic address book remember all your phone numbers, for example? When should you try to memorize a street address, rather than let your GPS or iPhone remember it for you.

I think the simple answer is this. Will memorizing the information help you survive a Zombie Apocalypse?"
information-overload  memory  technology  context 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Mnemonic Arbitrage « Mimi and Eunice
Mnemonic arbitrage occurs when an individual “[firms] up the present by experiencing it as a memory, by experiencing it from the future as a moment in the past”
humor  comics  memory  arbitrage  nostalgia 
october 2011 by tsuomela
ttscoff/QuickQuestion - GitHub
From Brett Terpestra

"The qq script and related extensions are designed to keep an archive of files with questions as the filename and answers as the content. It works well with Notational Velocity and nvALT, but can function as an archive of knowledge with nothing but a Mac and a command line. Scripts are included for LaunchBar and Alfred, as well as a command line tool."
script  scripting  gtd  memory  questions 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Paul Lukas
Very fond of found objects and odd ephemera. Like, say, a discarded file cabinet full of old report cards.
history  ephemera  writing  past  memory  record 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Offloading Memory: Good or Bad for the Brain? - Edward Tenner - Technology - The Atlantic
"Technology is indeed our friend, but it can become a dangerous flatterer, creating an illusion of control. Professors and librarians have been disappointed by the actual search skills even of elite college students, as I discussed here. We need quite a bit in our wetware memory to help us decide what information is best to retrieve. I've called this the search conundrum.

The issue isn't whether most information belongs online rather than in the head. We were storing externally even before Gutenberg. It's whether we're offloading the memory that we need to process the other memory we need. Strangely enough, Google Book Search still doesn't display a full copy of Malton's over 200-year-old masterpiece. Let's have it online soon. But let's not forget that healthy sense of "insufficiency.""
augmentation  mental  language  technology  google  psychology  mind  memory  technology-effects 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Google, memory and the damp drawers Olympics « Mind Hacks
"Memory management in general is known as metamemory and the storage of pointers to other information sources (usually people) rather than the content itself, is known as transactive memory.

Think of working in a team where the knowledge is shared across members. Effectively, transactive memory is a form of social memory where each individual is adjusting how much the"
online  memory  psychology  technology-effects  google 
july 2011 by tsuomela
On The Media: Transcript of "The Witnesses That Didn't" (March 27, 2009)
" The Bystander Effect is sometimes called The Genovese Syndrome, named for Kitty Genovese, a young woman who was murdered in Kew Gardens, Queens, New York 45 years ago this month. Her death wasn't just tragic. It was an indictment of humanity, as issued in the lead of The New York Times story.

Quote: “For more than half an hour, 38 respectable, law-abiding citizens in Queens watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks in Kew Gardens.” That story set the template for the tale of Genovese, irrefutable evidence of the dehumanizing effects of urban life.

But subsequent investigations have shown that story to be greatly exaggerated, and one of the most indefatigable investigators of the Genovese murder is Joseph De May, a lawyer, historian and resident of Kew Gardens. He’s studied the legal briefs and the court transcripts. He’s walked the scene of the crime. And he’s convinced he knows what really happened."
sociology  research  violence  history  memory 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Lance Mannion: Art for sexs sake
"Evaluating the relative genius of artists by comparing the emotional effect a work of art by one artist had on you when you were young with the effect a work by a different artist has had on you now when you’re on the brink of old age isn’t criticism, it’s memoir."
memoir  art  movies  sex  memory  age  generation 
january 2011 by tsuomela
After good or bad events, people forget how they thought they'd feel
People aren't very accurate at predicting how good or bad they'll feel after an event -- such as watching their team lose the big game or getting a flat-screen TV. But afterwards, they "misremember" what they predicted, revising their prognostications after the fact to match how they actually feel, according to new research.
psychology  self-analysis  self-knowledge  future  prediction  forgetting  memory 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Henry Molaison Brain - Jacopo Annese Brain Study - Esquire
When a surgeon cut into Henry Molaison's skull to treat him for epilepsy, he inadvertently created the most important brain-research subject of our time — a man who could no longer remember, who taught us everything we know about memory. Six decades later, another daring researcher is cutting into Henry's brain. Another revolution in brain science is about to begin.
brain  neurology  memory  science 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Adventure with a Map | No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
Running across America in just over 150 days is a feat, in and of itself–Forrest Gump would have been impressed. But Mike Ehredt’s real accomplishment, as I see it, is that through his effort, and his blog, he has managed to humanize, and personalize, each and every life that has been sacrificed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has made them matter just a little bit more.
adventure  memory  egoboo  ego  military  war 
october 2010 by tsuomela
postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies - Our cyborg past: Medieval artificial memory as mindware upgrade
The philosopher and cognitive scientist Andy Clark has argued that humans have always been ‘natural-born cyborgs,’ that is, they have always collaborated and merged with non-biological props and aids in order to find better environments for thinking. These ‘mindware’ upgrades (I borrow the term ‘mindware’ from Clark, 2001) extend beyond the fusions of the organic and technological that posthumanist theory imagines as our future. Moreover, these external aids do not remain external to our minds; they interact with them to effect profound changes in their internal architecture. Medieval artificial memory systems provide evidence for just this kind of cognitive interaction. But because medieval people conceived of their relationship to technology in fundamentally different ways, we need also to attend to larger epistemic frameworks when we analyze historically contingent forms of mindware upgrade.
medieval  history  cyborgs  technology  memory  mindware  cognition  embedded 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Gödel Escher Bach: An Endless Geek Bible « Lev Grossman
Lev Grossman muses on his experience reading Godel Escher Bach.
book  reminiscence  memory  geek  nerds  culture 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Heartbreak and Home Runs: The Power of First Experiences | Psychology Today
From winning the science fair to losing a first boyfriend, certain youthful experiences cast a long shadow, revealing character and at times actually shaping it.
psychology  emotion  expectation  experience  flashbulb-memory  memory  first-time  cognition  cognitive-science  phenomenology 
january 2010 by tsuomela
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